Patents on meds
May 21, 2011
hey doc, stupid question but i'll ask anyway. why doesn't some AIDS/HIV foundations team up with the US govt (since they fund some hiv/AIDS programs anyway) to buy the patents of hiv/AIDS meds so that generics can be freely made available with so many lives on the line. this could also help in prevention in terms of easily available prep and pep products.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
Not a stupid question. We have may great strides in getting HIV meds to those in need in underdeveloped countries for very little cost. And so your idea is already happening outside the US. This is unlikely to happen in the US, since many of the patents are held by private pharma companies and they are unlikely to give away their intellectual property to the government, as the selling of these drugs in developed countries is how they recoup drug development costs, and generate profits to make their shareholders happy.
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